February 18, 2019

500 jobs to be created by Longford resort project

Hundreds of jobs are to be created with one of the UK’s biggest holiday firms planning to open a park at a forest in the Midlands.

Center Parcs, which operates five resorts in Britain, is to expand its operations into Ireland with workers to be hired for the site in Ballymahon, Co Longford.

The company is to make a formal announcement of the plans tomorrow.

It is understood talks have been continuing with forestry board Coillte to build the holiday firm’s distinctive woodland lodges and villas and the main complex with a swimming pool, spa, restaurant and bar.

The resort is planned for woods around Newcastle House, near the River Inny.

Center Parcs opened its fifth holiday village in the UK last summer with a £250m resort in Woburn Forest, Bedfordshire, catering for around 350,000 guests a year.

In 2013 the holiday company had 1.7 million guests at four parks – Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, Elveden Forest, near Brandon in Suffolk, Longleat Forest near Warminster in Wiltshire, and Whinfell Forest near Penrith, Cumbria.

Center Parcs is owned by asset management firm Blackstone.

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500 jobs to be created by Longford resort project

Pendragon returns to Bristol’s Stone Church Coffeehouse


New England has long had a rich tradition of Celtic-inspired music. For more than 30 years, Pendragon has embraced that tradition and created a timeless sound of its own, performing roots music with an unmistakable contemporary edge. Pendragon’s music celebrates the lives and lore of generations of  New Englanders who brought traditions from Ireland, Scotland, French Canada and other distant shores to the banks of the Blackstone River.
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Pendragon returns to Bristol’s Stone Church Coffeehouse